§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government's policy on the United Nations optional protocol on civil and political rights.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
As we have accepted the right of individual petition under the European convention on human rights and the compulsory jurisdiction of the European Court, we have accepted the strongest available mechanism for individual petition available to us and therefore need not accept that offered by the optional protocol.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests for action to be taken have been made to the Security Council of the United Nations, under chapter VII of the United Nations charter, following the allied bombing of Iraqi nuclear facilities.